Ellis Tech pitcher delivers nine strikeouts in recent win
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., Apr. 18, 2011
Ellis Technical High School’s Karl Barry pitched a complete game against the Putnam High School Clippers on April 14, racking up nine strikeouts en route to the 9-5 win. The number-two pitcher from last year, Barry is now the Eagles’ number-one pitcher. He proved why against the Clippers.
Unfortunately, the beginning of the game didn't start out the way coach David Andrews wanted it. “We started off the game awful,” he said. “We didn’t make the plays.”
It wasn't until the fifth inning that Ellis Tech batters put the game beyond the reach of the Clippers.
“We got a guy on base, and we kept running the play,” Andrews said.
Putnam wasn't able to catch up.
Three of Ellis Tech's starters did not play. It was the first time freshman Luke Sarsfield played at first base. When Andrews’ regular catcher fell ill in fourth inning, Dan Rogers was called on to fill in. Normally the short stop, he had caught only two games prior to Thursday’s game with Putnam. Andrews was pleased with Rogers’ performance behind and at the plate.
“He hit the ball hard,” Andrews said. “They were outs, but he hit the ball on the button.”
With his makeshift lineup, they did the best they could, Andrews said.
Karl Barry, the Eagle’s number-one pitcher, is still trying to find himself, Andrews said. “The spring was so wet and so cold that we haven’t had much outside time,” he said.
“We’re learning,” Andrews said. “We’ve got good team speed, so we’re good on the base paths. We’re going to get better as the season goes on.”
Andrews plans to focus on making his pitching staff better. There are a number of players able to step onto the mound if need dictates. He can count on his freshman first baseman, freshman short stop, third baseman, and his right fielder, a left-handed pitcher. Designated hitter Zach Charlwood also pitches.